Ferdan is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Ferdan family lived in Buckinghamshire
. Their name, however, is a reference to Verdun, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Ferdan family
The surname Ferdan was first found in Buckinghamshire
where they were descended from Bertram de Verdun, a Norman baronial name from Verdun, near Avranches in Normandy
, where they were descended form the Counts of Verdun, and came to England
in 1066 and was granted Farnham Royal in that shire. Tradition has it that on the day of the Coronation of William I, he provided a glove for the King's right hand. In 1095 he served as Sheriff of York. He also held lands in what is now known as Alveton or Alton in Staffordshire
"The living [of Alveton], before the Reformation, was connected with the abbey of Croxden, to which the benefice was attached by Bertram de Verdun of Alton Castle, in 1176, after he had founded the abbey. The ruins of the castle still remain, on the summit of a rock 300 feet above the bed of the Churnet." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Ferdan family
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Ferdan Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Ferdan are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Ferdan include Verdon, Verdan, Verdin, Verdun and others.
Early Notables of the Ferdan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ferdan family to Ireland
Some of the Ferdan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 36 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ferdan family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Ferdan, or a variant listed above: Richard Verdin settled in Virginia in 1655; Richard Verdan settled in Philadelphia in 1872.
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.